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Larry Smart lbsmart at syr.edu
Wed Feb 14 11:06:22 EST 2001

Dear Colleagues:

I would be grateful if you would bring this to the attention of qualified, 
interested students and encourage them to contact me and apply by March 1.
Sorry for the formatting problems in my previous posting.


Larry Smart

Graduate Research Assistantship
Faculty of Environmental and Forest Biology
State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry 
Syracuse, NY

Molecular Genetics of Woody Plants
Graduate research assistantships are available starting May 2001 to work 
with Dr. Larry Smart 
(http://www.esf.edu/faculty/efb/facpage/smart/smart.htm) and Dr. James 
Gibbs (http://www.esf.edu/course/jpgibbs/jpgibbs.html)  in the study of 
genetic diversity of Salix in the Northeast and North-central United 
States.  The project will involve the use of molecular markers to determine 
heterozygosity and to develop genomic fingerprints to aid in the breeding 
of willows for increased biomass yield, pest resistance, and form.  This 
project will also assess the genetic diversity of native and naturalized 
populations of Salix in the Northeast and North-central United States and 
will include isolation and characterization of simple sequence repeat (SSR 
or microsatellite) loci and the use of amplified fragment length 
polymorphism (AFLP) markers in the analysis of Salix eriocephala and Salix 
purpurea clones.  This project is associated with the larger effort of the 
Salix Consortium involving academic researchers, government agencies, 
growers, environmental groups, and industry to develop willow as a biomass 
energy feedstock and a new crop to promote rural development in the 
Northeast and North-central states (http://www.esf.edu/willow/).

Other projects in the Smart lab are centered on epicuticular wax 
deposition, guard cell differentiation, and drought tolerance using 
Nicotiana glauca, Arabidopsis, Salix, and hybrid poplar.

The Faculty of Environmental and Forest Biology at SUNY-ESF includes 35 
faculty members with diverse research interests from molecules to 
ecosystems (http://www.esf.edu/faculty/efb/).  Students may work toward the 
M.S., Ph.D. or M.P.S. degrees in a number of programs, including Plant 
Science and Biotechnology, Environmental Physiology, and 
Ecology.  Application information is available at 

Lawrence B. Smart, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
SUNY-College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Environmental and Forest Biology
One Forestry Drive
6 Illick Hall
Syracuse, New York 13210

Phone (315) 470-6737
FAX (315) 470-6934
e-mail: lbsmart at syr.edu


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